He is a champion wrestler, a wealthy farmer, a husband to three wives, a little holder among his people, and a member of the select Egwugwu whose members impersonate ancestral spirits of tribal rituals. The four lines of this poem as quoted by Chinua Achebe On the front page of his novel are as under. This phrase as a title given by Achebe to his first novel is appropriately a Cut out for the subject matter dealt within his present novel by the Play- right.
The novel captures the spirit of the African society during the transitional period. It delineates the encounter between the tribal i.
Igbo culture and the British culture necessitated by the historical force of colonialism. The values and ideals of African culture are presented elaborately and contrasted with the British and Christian culture.
The book is like a fossil shell which gives a basis for a better understanding of the book and what the writer wants to communicate. The spread of imperialism in Africa has created areas of political influence and domination which naturally produced a far-reaching influence in the growth of African Literature.
English, French and other European languages became a part of African culture and literatures of the western world provided models for the African writers.
But the native sensibility retained its identity, though layer of foreign influences became a part of African Literature. African literature of today successfully presents the conflicts and contradictions within the African society and also provides a glimpse of things in future.
Colonialism meant the beginning of the process of Europeanisation. Africans confronted new values and habits which always did not fit into their cultural background.
Africans were judged on the basis of European norms and values by the colonial powers. The African writers have drawn the attention of the world on the predicaments faced by their people, and they have presented the different facets of African heritage in their writings.
In spite of their respect for the traditional values, the African writers of today do not like to revive everything which is old. The African writers have adopted an enlightened outlook and they know what to take from the non-African cultures.
The African novel, in general is known for its depiction of various cultural tensions and conflicts arising out of a clash between tradition and modernity, the real and the occult and so on. But, it is the conflict between the individual and the society and the way in which it is resolved, that seems to lend a typical African flavour to the African novel, thus distinguishing it from its European counterpart.
In the face of colonial derogation, the prime duty of the African writer in the first few years after independence was to restore dignity to the past, to show that African people did not hear of culture for the first time from Europeans; that their societies were not mindless, but frequently had a philosophy of great depth and value and beauty, that they had poetry and above all, they had dignity.
Things Fall Apart was written and published in the years immediately preceding Nigerian independence ina transitional period when political power was being transferred from the colonial masters to Nigerian male elite.
Things Fall Apart legitimizes this process whereby women were excluded from post-colonial politics and public affairs through its representation of Pre-colonial Ibo society as governed entirely by men.
In the novel Things Fall Apart, Achebe portrays a stunning moment in African history-the imposition of colonial rule —with sympathy and dignity, focusing and the complexity and integrity of pre-colonial Igbo life, and the turmoil resulting from British rule. This is the central theme of the novel.In this way the cultural conflict applied to Achebe’s Things Fall Apart unravels is the cultural politics of the white man Nigeria.
It shaws the true imperialist face behind it. It shaws the disintegration suffered by the rich and varied culture of the Igboland with the intrusion of the colonisers. However, in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, conflict had a bigger impact as the book opened a rich dialogue about the cultural clash between the native Africans and the missionaries and the.
Cultural Conflict in Things Fall Apart 1. Things Fall Apart is an English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe published in by William Heinemann Ltd in the UK; in , it was also the first work published in Heinemann's African Writers Series.
full title · Things Fall Apart. author · Chinua Achebe. type of work · Novel. genre · Postcolonial critique; tragedy. language · English. time and place written · , Nigeria. date of first publication · publisher · Heinemann Educational Books.
narrator · The narrator is anonymous but shows sympathy for the various residents of Umuofia. Things Fall Apart, Achebe‟s first novel, was published in in the midst of the Nigerian renaissance.
It tells the story of an Ibo village of the late ‟s and one of . Conflict and Tradition in Things Fall Apart The book Things Fall Apart successfully expressed how Chinua Achebe had succeeded in writing a different story.
It pointed out the conflict of oneself, the traditional beliefs, and the religious matters of the Africans.